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Ministry of Labour issues new visa transfer regulation

posted on 23/10/2001: 861 views

Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, has issued a ministerial circular N0:7 for 2001 regarding the implementation of Cabinet decision N0: 30 for 2001, concerning visa transfer, categories allowed to transfer their visas, and needed conditions.

The circular stipulates that no applications for visa transfer of workers will be accepted, except for UAE nationals and a limited list of categories which include engineers, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, professors at universities and higher colleges, experts, and legal, economic, financial and administrative consultants, holders of higher university degrees, analysts and programmers of electronic information systems who must be holders of university degrees in the fields, technicians at oil and gas industry and related industries, sports coaches, air and marine navigators.

The sponsorship will be transferred provided that the employee with the new sponsor perform the same duties, must be holder of a valid visa, must have worked at least two years with the former sponsor, and must get the approval of the former sponsor for visa transfer, with the condition that no UAE or GCC nationals apply for vacant job, the circular said.

The circular excluded the above-mentioned conditions for visa transfer in cases of transfer of the employee for another company owned by the same sponsor, the transfer of the employee for another branch in the same company or in case of the change of the company's or institute's ownership. The circular will be implemented as from today. The circular added that a detailed memorandum will be issued later to explain categories of transferable visas. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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